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J H Speke Monument on Footpath to Lents Green, About 250 Metres North North West of Wormwood Farmhouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Box, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.4053 / 51°24'19"N

Longitude: -2.2268 / 2°13'36"W

OS Eastings: 384320

OS Northings: 167389

OS Grid: ST843673

Mapcode National: GBR 1RM.V46

Mapcode Global: VH96H.CY42

Plus Code: 9C3VCQ4F+47

Entry Name: J H Speke Monument on Footpath to Lents Green, About 250 Metres North North West of Wormwood Farmhouse

Listing Date: 24 July 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1022769

English Heritage Legacy ID: 316980

Location: Box, Wiltshire, SN13

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Box

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Box

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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2/118 J. H. Speke monument on footpath
to Lents Green, about 250m north-
north-west of Wormwood Farmhouse


Monument, 1865, ashlar with pyramid cap and iron railings closely
surrounding. Inscribed 'Here the distinguished and enterprising
African Traveller Captain John Hanning Speke lost his life by the
accidental explosion of his gun September 15th 1864'. J. H. Speke
discovered the source of the Nile in 1858, confirmed in his
subsequent expedition of 1860-3, but the discoveries were
challenged by Sir R.Burton, and the two were to have publicly
debated the issue at the meeting of the British Association in
Bath, 16th September 1864.

Listing NGR: ST8432067389

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